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    I was recently admitted to Rutgers with funding, but I've read a some concerning posts regarding the program over on GC and EJR (especially regarding funding and attrition). I was wondering if anyone here had any first or second hand knowledge regarding these topics that they'd be willing to share, other than what is out there on the internet.

    Separately, I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on how these programs might stack up against the Ag Econ programs at MSU and Purdue.

    Thanks!

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    Be careful, I heard some very bad news about the funding, the organization and the importance of Ph.D. students in the department, from some insiders. Moreover, the placement is not very well. If it is your unique option, go. But, if you have alternatives, think twice.

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    Thanks for your response. Were the insiders you've heard this from students and if so, do you know what their funding status was? A lot of what I've read online has been regarding the sorry fiscal situation of the department, but I'm not sure if that applies to me since I will be entering with funding.

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    Re: Rutgers Economics Program

    This might be useful in your situation.

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    Thanks, I saw that and it actually prompted my questions. Since that seemed like a disgruntled current grad student (who also posted that over on GC), I was curious if anyone else had any thoughts/inside knowledge. It's a bit unclear to me how reliable EJR is a site, since it seems incredibly toxic over there...

    Also, not trying to have someone post something to assuage fears of going there, just looking for more than one data point.

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    Not trying to crap on Rutgers, but their PhD placement page only has data up to 13/14 batch. Purdue is similarly ranked, and unless there is a severe mismatch in terms of field of interest, personally, I would pick Purdue over Rutgers, but only because I'm very risk averse.

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    Thanks for the feedback. Seems reasonable to me. When you say Purdue is similarly ranked, are you referring to their Ag program or their pure Econ program? Also, anyone have any thoughts on how UMD AREC fits in to all this?

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    Re: Rutgers Economics Program

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    Thanks for the feedback. Seems reasonable to me. When you say Purdue is similarly ranked, are you referring to their Ag program or their pure Econ program? Also, anyone have any thoughts on how UMD AREC fits in to all this?
    Oh, I just realised you were referring to Purdue's Ag Econ instead of Purdue Econ. My previous assessment was related to Purdue Econ. Notwithstanding, from the outside, Purdue Ag Econ looks kind of similar to Rutgers' in terms of the available placement information. I'd still pick Purdue over Rutgers, but that's only because I'm very very risk averse.

    Since I had some free time today, I went and searched out most of the TBD's on Purdue 2017 Ag Econ's placement list. Below are the results:

    From Purdue's 2017 Ag Econ Cohort:
    AA - Field Coordinator consultant for Agricultural Labor Survey
    EB - Penn State Post-Doc
    DK - went back to his co-founded consulting firm
    KA - Visiting Scholar at Mississippi State

    This was on top of 2 apparent TT-AP position in the US, 1 abroad, 1 Post-doc, and 1 teaching position in the US from the rest of the 2017 cohort. Overall, pretty comparable placement as compared to Rutgers' Econ. MSU's Ag Econ placement looks marginally better. Hard to tell, since they don't separate the masters placement from the PhD placement; but the good thing is, they have links to all their past students on their webpage, so you can technically form a list by going through all the placed students, to see if they came from the PhD or masters programme.

    In my opinion, if you are going to be doing stuff in applied micro, UMD's AREC strictly dominates all other programmes. UMD's AREC is actually among the best Ag Econ-type of programme you can get into, to the best of my knowledge.
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    Thanks for doing so much research Tutonic! I feel like the obvious choice for me right now is UMD and it is good to get some external validation of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decisions2019 View Post
    Thanks for doing so much research Tutonic! I feel like the obvious choice for me right now is UMD and it is good to get some external validation of this.
    No problem at all. Personally, if you're holding UMD's AREC offer, it's a no-brianer. It dominates all the other programmes in question here. Perhaps others can chime in.

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